At Maison Rabih Kayrouz‘s Fall 2019 show today, the Lebanese couturier will celebrate 10 years of his eponymous label in Paris. While we wait to see the collection make its way down the runway, here are 10 things you need to know about the designer:
1. The Lebanon-born designer has been learning his trade since the age of 16 when he moved to Paris. Kayrouz studied at the acclaimed fashion school, Chambre Syndicale De La Couture Parisienne, before training in the workshops of the luxury ateliers Chanel and Dior.
2. Kayrouz has been creating his own designs for 20 years; he built his esteemed reputation by designing custom-made evening gowns and wedding dresses for clients in the home city of Beirut, before founding his fashion house in Paris.
3. In November 2018, the designer unveiled his debut bridal collection featuring minimal, elegant looks for the contemporary bride – including chic pantsuits and refined separates. “I created my first wedding dress 20 years ago for a Lebanese client,” the designer shared with Vogue Arabia on the launch. “Since then, many brides have looked to adapt my designs for their big day. This collection is an opus of my work and the beginning of a new chapter.”
4. In December 2018, Maison Rabih Kayrouz officially became a member of Paris’ elite fashion club, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Which means the label is now one of 17 fashion houses on the official haute couture calendar, joining the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior, and Givenchy. The Lebanese designer was granted the haute couture tag at a meeting of a commission of France’s Industry Ministry held at the French Couture Federation. The news comes after the couturier was elected as a guest member in 2016.
5. As an official haute couture member, Kayrouz has to adhere to strict criteria to qualify for the renowned title, such as showing two couture collections of at least 25 looks a piece every year, producing handmade pieces in a Paris-based atelier, and creating made-to-measure clothing for private clients.
6. Although the Lebanese designer has presented his collections during Paris Couture Week for the past couple of seasons, Spring 2019 in January 2019 marked the first time the designer had showcased his couture collection in a runway format. The collection was inspired by the “Burning Man” and featured an haute-bohemian vibe of fringing, extravagant headpieces and rainbow embellished sequins.
7. He was awarded the prestigious Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters accolade from French politician Aurélie Filippetti, in 2014.
9. The Lebanese fashion designer has recently moved his fashion house to its new home – the elegant 19th century Dagher Palace in the Gemmayze district of Beirut. “I needed to combine the atelier, the couture salon, and the ready-to-wear boutique into one place.”
10. Guests to Kayrouz’s Fall 2019 show in Paris can expect a celebration of the designer’s 20 years in the industry, the label’s 10th year in Paris and the recent official haute couture status, as well as the designer’s signature structured gowns, refined tailoring and thoughtful design aesthetic that produces timeless pieces.